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|´Opera: La Traviata in the Genroku Period´
A Rendezvous of East and West
Recorded on August 28th, 2003 at Shinjuku Cultural Center Main Hall
This year 2003 is the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the Edo period. (the Tokugawa Shogunate). For more than 250 years under sovereignty of Tokugawa Shogunate, culture flourished as no other period. It was the arrival of Commodore Perryfs blackships 150 years ago in 1853, which triggered the downfall of the Tokugawa Shogunate. After this incident, Japan was exposed to various Western cultures and civilizations. Coincidentally, Verdifs eLa Traviataf premiered at Teatro la Fenice in Venice, in 1853. This opera is particularly unique for Verdi since it was contemporary to his time, 19th century Paris. Interestingly enough, there are so many similarities in 19th century Paris and 17th century Edo such as robust economic expansion, population growth, development of the gmodern cityh phenomenon and the emergence of the nouveau riche (the gnew richh). As courtesans in salons were adored by Parisians, oirans in Yukaku were idolized by society of Edo. Both courtesans in Paris salon and oirans in Yukaku Edo acquired beauty and intellect to allure gentlemen with status and wealth to become the ultimate desire for them.
Upon performing eLa Traviataf, we re-titled it g La Traviata in the Genroku Periodh because of two intriguing aspects in history. These two aspects were the premier for La Traviata in Venice and the arrival of Commodore Perry in Japan coincided in the year 1853. The striking similarities lay between the lifestyle of 19th century Parisfs salon and 17th century Edofs Yoshiwara. This play is to orchestrate the rendezvous of Orient and Occident.
Audiences will be exposed to this heartbreaking story of Violetta in early
19th century aristocratic life in Paris projected into oiran eViolettaf in
early 17th century Yoshiwara, Edo. Please enjoy this mesmerizing
"Okina" (Noh play), "Shakkyo" (Noh play), "Boshibari" (Kyogen) by Toshu Fukami
Special performance at the Sphinx in Giza, Egypt on June 1, 2001
This commemorative performance of "Okina" by the head of the Hosho school of Noh, staged as an official ceremony of the school, is absolutely authoritative. "Shakkyo" ("Renjishi") is also one of the most important works in the repertory of the school, second only to "Okina." The program is a salute of the highest order to Egyptian history and culture as well as to the Arab Republic of Egypt. Sphinx Takigi Noh is the first time the world heritages of Egypt and Japan have been fused, and the lion theme that links the static heritage with the dynamic heritage makes this a very auspicious occasion. The brightly lit backdrop of the gigantic pyramids and Sphinx creates a mysterious world that adds to the enjoyment.
(Noh dance), "Hagoromo" (Noh play), "Shakkyo" (Noh
play), "Boshibari" (Kyogen) by Toshu Fukami
Live performance at the Zhejiang Concert Hall in Hangzhou, China, August 3, 1999
This historic performance is the first time the Hosho school has ever performed in mainland China. Toshu Fukami presents "Shakkyo," recognized as a difficult Noh play to perform. He also performs the "Tsurukame" Noh dance. Both are set in China. The head of the Hosho school then dances the thoroughly Japanese Noh play "Hagoromo," a fitting complement for this program of cultural interchange. The "Boshibari" kyogen farce can be grasped from the acting alone, even by those who don't understand Japanese, as is confirmed by laughter from much of Chinese audience.
(Noh play), "Aoinoue" (Noh play), "Boshibari" (Kyogen),
"Reunion at the Old Castle" (Kojo no Saikai -Peking opera) by
Live performance at the Academy of Chinese Opera in Beijing, September 6, 2000
Presented at the Academy of Chinese Opera, the largest and most prestigious college for Peking opera training, with an uninterrupted performance of the opera "Reunion at the Old Castle." Toshu Fukami presents "Midare," recognized as one of the three most difficult Noh plays. The opera performance stars Wang Jinlu, the number-one male opera actor in China. Bringing the head of the Noh school together with the top Peking opera actor in the same program was the work of Mr. Fukami, who can be appreciated here not only as a leading Noh actor, but also as a brilliant international producer for Japanese culture.
(Noh play), "Shakkyo" (Noh play), "Neongyoku" (Kyogen)
by Toshu Fukami
New York Noh Series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Live performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, June 1, 1999
Not to be missed are the pre-performance speech by Masao Kunihiro, and the commentary on the performance by Prof. Karen Brazell of Cornell University (both with subtitles). Also included is footage of the outdoor performance on the following day in front of the United Nations Building and the reception that followed, and other documentary footage. This is a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the Hosho school as it presents Japan's traditional culture in its full dignity before audiences of enchanted New Yorkers.
Arts in Autumn
Society for Noh Appreciation´ by Toshu Fukami
Live performance at the Hosho Noh Theatre in Tokyo, November 9, 1996
Just four months after the Takigi Noh performance at Kashima, Toshu Fukami has readied himself for the Noh play "Hagoromo," portraying the angel whose mystical dance evokes the aura of heaven. Next is "Nininbakama," the silent kyogen farce that is certain to provide full enjoyment. Finally Fusateru Hosho, the family head, performs the Noh play "Tsuchigumo."
Evening of Takigi Noh and Kyogen at Kashima
With special extra performance of "Fairies Gathering at the Beach" (Kashima Takigi Ballet)´ by Toshu Fukami
Live performance on a special Noh stage at Kashimanada, Japan on June 29, 1996
The pleasant ocean fragrance of June in Kashimanada. This production conveys the full scale of the torchlit Takigi Noh performance, on the special Noh stage built on the beach. "Takasago" is performed by the head of the family, Fusateru Hosho. This is followed by the kyogen "Boshibari," and the Noh play "Shojo" with Toshu Fukami in the leading role. Then comes the truly surprising extra performance. Enjoy this evening of pure fantasy played out on the beach at Kashima, with the cool breeze of the summer shore to refresh your soul.
Hakone Noh Play by Firelight´ by Toshu Fukami
´Noh Okina (The Aged One)´ More of a sacred introductory rite than a typical Noh play, this combination of varied dances leaves the audience in an almost magical state of anticipation for the rest of the performance.
´Kyogen Neongyoku (Singing in One´s Sleep)´ A comic piece in which the regular theme of the servant´s ability to make fools of his social betters is explored with hilarious consequences.
´Noh Hashi Benkei (Benkei at the Bridge)´ The famous Noh story of a warrior priest´s encounter with a boy who turns out to be a young samurai of exceptional fighting ability.
Kanazawa Charity Noh´ by Toshu Fukami
´Noh Arashiyama´ The story of a visiting official to Kyoto and his enchantment by the cherry blossoms - and the deities that appear underneath them in a enchanting trance-like dance.
´Kyogen Kagushidanuki(The Hidden Badger)´ A comedy revolving around a servant´s attempts to outwit his master by pocketing the money for a racoon dog he has captured.
´Noh Funa Benkei (Benkei on the Boat)´ A highly dramatic piece that focuses on a renegade band and their attempts to cross Japan´s inland sea in the face of gales and the divine intervention of vengeful gods.
of the Japanese Spirit´ by Toshu Fukami
´Chikubushima´ A high court official travels to an island guided by a couple who turn out to be the protective deities of the island, once their they entertain him with mesmerising dance and wondrous gifts.
´Busshi Kyogen Interlude´ A country bumpkin is taken in by a conman until the cheat, through desperation to get his hands on the money, reveals himself to be the one who is truly foolish.
´Makiginu´ The ancient story of an envoy on a mission for his emperor and the spiritual world´s intervention in explaining his tardiness and their part in it.
Night of Fire-lit Noh and Kyogen before the Sea at Kashima´ by Toshu
´Wang Mu (Queen Mother of the West)´ The Chinese Emperor is holding a festive ceremony before it is interrupted by the appearance of a beautiful maiden holding a plum branch.
´Busu Kyogen´ Two servants seek increasingly desperate methods to disguise the fact that they have consumed the sugar their master expressly told them to leave alone.
´Shakkyo´ A Buddhist monk journeys to China where he sees, across a gorge that separates the real world from paradise, two magical dancing lions .
The Trailblazing "Noh Ballet"
It would be no exaggeration to say that this marriage of the Noh with classic ballet represents a groundbreaking fusion of the performing arts of East and West. This joint performance by Toshu Fukami and Russia's peerless ballerina Maya Plisetskaya represents nothing less than the creation of a new genre of stage art. Fukami's "stillness" combines with Plisetskaya's "movement" and exquisite breath control to produce intriguing improvisations. Now you too can enjoy this amazing performance that brought tears to the eyes of audience members.